Elizabeth Cady Stanton And The Women's Suffrage Movement

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton is the first person thought of when people think of Women’s Suffrage. She and her friends were the ones who made Women’s Suffrage known to America. Throughout her life she had the chance to have seven children, and still get to work and fight for Women’s Suffrage. She started many organizations and really pushed to get Suffrage. If she didn’t Suffrage most likely wouldn’t of been amended in 1920. Elizabeth Cady was born in Johnstown, New York on November 12, 1815. Margaret Livingston Cady, her mother, was a threatening woman. In her church, she insisted that female parishioners be allowed to vote for a new minister. She also despite her husbands harsh resistance, later supported the abolition movement to end slavery,…show more content…
Gerrit Smith, her cousin, always had abolitionists, important reformers, politicians, and even runaway slaves in his home. In Gerrit's home she heard many fascinating ideas, and activists eager to improve all conditions of American life. She got to participate in inspiring debates about the anti-slavery cause, temperance, and the movement to ban the consumption of alcohol. Aside from meeting famous reformers, Elizabeth met one other important person in Gerrit Smith’s home, her husband Henry Stanton. In october of 1839, she heard him lecture and was fascinated (25-26). Soon after meeting they went horseback riding and found a quiet pleasure in each others company. In her autobiography she said as they walked through the trees, he laid his hand on the horn of the saddle and, to my surprise,” he proposed (27). When her father found out about the proposal he didn’t consent. Her father didn’t like that Stanton wasn’t rich, also that he was an abolitionist. Stanton was no match for Elizabeth’s father, for in January or February of 1840 she broke off the engagement. Something changed her mind: Henry was about to sail to Europe for several months to attend the World Anti-Slavery Convention as a delegate of the newly formed American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. When Cady heard that he was leaving she insisted they get married behind her…show more content…
The two needed a home and were offered by her father to stay in his. She got to be with her younger sister, and Henry studied law with Judge Cady (36-37). Elizabeth attended lectures, concerts, and theater performances, as well as anti-slavery, temperance, peace, and prison reform conventions. She spent many thrilling and social evenings in William Garrison's home. That house is where she met the moving lecturer and former slave Frederick Douglass. They both kept traveling to and from Boston, Massachusetts, so Judge Cady bought them a townhouse in 1842. On March 2, 1842, Elizabeth gave birth to her first child, Daniel Cady Stanton. On March 15, 1844, she gave to birth to her second child, Henry B. Stanton. On September 18, 1845, Stanton gave birth to her third child Gerrit Smith Stanton (37, 39, 41). In Boston, Elizabeth started going to church services and theology lecture. She was specifically pleased by the thoughts of Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister who supported abolition, temperance, and women’s rights. He combined his religious views with Transcendentalism, a belief that the beauty and presence of God in the natural world and every person. However in 1845, Henry moved himself and Elizabeth to Seneca Falls for better political opportunities, yet the opportunities weren’t for him, they were for Elizabeth (40). The home was

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